hamburg - Germany takes under tight security Monday farewell to the deceased former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt.
Among the 1,800 guests at a memorial ceremony in Hamburg's St. Michaelis church have included President Joachim Gauck, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bundestag President Norbert Lammert. Foreign guests as the former French president Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger proven Schmidt last respects.
The social democrat and publicist Schmidt died on November 10 at the age of 96. Schmidt was chancellor from 1974 to 1982, succeeding Willy Brandt. In his tenure, he was among more confronted with the oil crisis in the seventies and the fight against terrorism of the Red Army Faction.